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Steven was born in Dumfries, Scotland, in 1982. Growing up, Steven often sketched the iconic images from album covers and music books and these influences have stayed with him and can be seen in the use of pop photography in his contemporary still lifes. Having won various national competitions and prizes for his work, Steven followed his inevitable path in art, choosing to study at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee in part due to the art school's traditional approach to teaching painting. He was awarded The Aiden Threlfall Traveling Scholarship from the Goldsmith's Company in London in 2004, the year he graduated. He used the scholarship to spend time in Paris, Venice, Rome and Madrid studying works of the old masters, namely Velazquez, Caravaggio and Manet. This trip proved very influential as these artists' chiaroscuro style can still be seen in his work today. He has been painting full-time since 2005, and has had work accepted at the RGI and Aberdeen Artists Society annual shows.